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Smoker 2025

Thanks to all of our supporters for another incredible fundraiser!

Annual Reverse Draw - Smoker Event DATE TBC

Thank you to all prize donors: Princess Cruises, Alexander Holborn, BC Rugby, Bean Around Books, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Bianca Farella, Blackbelt Contracting Inc, Browns Social House Town Centre, Canucks Volleyball/Oddball, Cat and Fiddle/PoCo Brothers Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Dueck on Marine, Foamers' Folly, Forbidden Vancouver, Golden Parrots Pub, HR MacMillan Space Centre, Innovative Fitness Port Moody, Iron Butcher, Metro Ford, Memento Mori, Moody Ales, Napa Ford, Old Spaghetti Factory, Parkside Brewery, PoCo Bowl, Prairie Naturals, Proximo Spirits, Stephen's Coffee, Stick Aficionado, Taphouse Coquitlam, the Gillnetter Pub, The Rugby Shop, United Rugby Club, Vancouver Canadians, Westwood Plateau Golf Club, Thomas Ferris. ​

United Rugby Club’s Annual Reverse Draw - Smoker Event. Win up to $1,000 and support your club!

DATE TBC from 6pm until late, with dinner at 7pm, draw starts after dinner.


Buy a ticket:

  • Attendance $100 (includes dinner and reverse draw entry)

  • Social membership upgrade to attendance $50 (includes dinner and reverse draw entry)

  • Additional Tickets / Non-attendance Tickets $40 (reverse draw entry only)

Prizes needed! Donate reverse draw prizes for participants: we will recognise you in social media posts and our post-event wrap-up.

Volunteer (18+ only)! We need an array of volunteers to make this night happen including bartenders, card dealers, draw personnel, etc. Volunteers receive an entry into the reverse draw, dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages for their efforts. Contact Shannon at for more information about volunteering.

What is the Smoker? What started in the 1970’s by Jim Tonks and Doug Yelland as a poker and smoking Stag night, the smoker has evolved into United Rugby Club's signature fundraiser that includes dinner and various fun gaming activities.  Cash and card accepted.  Must be 19+ to attend.


Dinner: The evening is catered, and is run over several hours, giving lots of time to chat with friends, talk rugby and have a great night. All funds raised support our programs and the club operations. If you plan to drink, please plan a ride, or ask our volunteers to call you a taxi.

Reverse Draw: names are added to tickets which are drawn, and the last drawn at the end wins $1,000.

Reverse Draw Prizes: the first name drawn gets their money back, and approximately every 10th drawn wins a prize (depends on the number of donated prizes). Please contact Sandra at if you wish to donate prizes.

Reverse Draw Buy-Back-In: A coveted ten spots on the wall will be available for individuals whose names have been drawn to buy back into the reverse draw. First come, first served!

Calcutta: Once we get down to the last five tickets on the board, the crowd bids on who will win the reverse draw.  The five are auctioned off and put into a “side pot”; the winner takes 80% and the club takes 20%.  For example, John is one of the last five names on the board and Kevin “buys” John’s ticket for $200 ($160 goes into the side pot and the club gets $40).  If John’s name is the last drawn, John wins the Reverse Draw ($1,000) and Kevin wins the side pot (usually around $1,200).

Additional Tickets / Non-attendance Tickets: purchase a second ticket to increase your chances in the Reverse Draw. Groups often purchase these tickets to increase their chances.  If you can’t attend, you can buy a non-attendance ticket for the draw, and we will let you know if you won.

Betting Sheets: individuals bet up to $5 amongst themselves that their name is drawn before their friends. If your name goes out before their name, you owe the amount of the bet to the other person. Ensure you get their ticket number as some people have multiple tickets on the board.

Other Gambling Activities: Blackjack, Texas Hold-em, and other gaming events take place on the night and the house rules will be explained at the event.

Beer Pong: we will be running a buy-in beer pong tournament with cash prize and trophy for the winner.

Toonie Toss: Another opportunity to support the club with the chance of winning a prize

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